Our Music Teachers

Maracas (2)

Daniel Stajov, BMus, MMus, BED

Daniel Stajov holds a Bachelor and Master of Music (jazz performance) from Brandon University, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. He loves teaching music, he believes the skills developed from learning an instrument apply to all walks of life.

Daniel has had a wide range of musical experience, beginning with classical piano lessons at age 5 and completing his grade 10 RCM prior to university. It was in University where he developed a moderate level of skill on the drums. In addition, he enjoyed singing in choirs, performing in musicals, playing in jazz, blues & rock bands.  Daniels’ musical interests are varied and there’s no genre that doesn’t appeal to him on some level – he enjoys sharing his love of music with children of all ages.

Naomi Ben-Aharon, BMT

Naomi completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University and was the President’s Gold Scholarship recipient in all four years of study.  Although she majored in voice, Naomi plays the cello, guitar and piano. She has experience performing in a variety of choirs and ensembles and has worked with clients of all age groups & is a Sing it Girls facilitator. Outside of teaching, Naomi enjoys playing video games, watching documentaries and spending time with family.

Nancy Leung, BMT, MTA, ARCT

Nancy is a classically-trained pianist with an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance. Nancy has taught music to students of all ages and abilities. She is passionate about facilitating community music experiences and has developed numerous goal-based group music programs for camps and music school.

Nancy’s goal is for all her students to feel comfortable applying their musical abilities in ways that are relevant to them – whether it is to prepare and excel at their RCM exams, to learn to play a piece that is meaningful for them, or to learn to sing and accompany themselves. Each lesson will be individualized to the student’s learning needs and will include 4 major components: technical skill building, learning and reviewing repertoire, ear training, and basic theory & keyboard harmony.

Nancy welcomes the opportunity for musical collaboration and looks forward to accompanying all prospective students on their journey to becoming creative and passionate musicians!

 

Kristen DiMarco, BMT, MTA, NMT

Kristen DiMarco is a graduate from the Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied voice. She has additional vocal training in classical, jazz and musical theatre and has participated in numerous music competitions and musicals in the GTA. An avid supporter of group singing, Kristen has been a member of various choirs and vocal jazz ensembles throughout her schooling. While voice has become a passion for Kristen, her interest in music originally began in piano, which she studied from a young age. She also has experience teaching beginner piano and music theory to young children and teens. Her most recent musical endeavors include learning the guitar and ukulele, as well as a newly acquired accordion

Adrianna Crusoe, BMT, MTA

Music has always been Adrianna’s passion. Adrianna began singing lessons at age 6 and continued to follow her love for music by completing her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Wilfrid Laurier University with Voice as her primary instrument. Adrianna was a member of the Hamilton children’s choir for 9 years and participated in community musical theatre productions. In addition to voice, Adrianna plays piano, guitar, ukulele and trained in music theory.  Adrianna loves fitness, reading and drawing in her spare time.

Avalon Harris, BMT, MTA

Following her innate passion for music, Avalon Harris began lessons in classical voice at an early age and went on to graduate from the Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University. For many years, Avalon sang in vocal ensembles and individual voice competitions. In addition to studying voice as her major instrument at university, Avalon has nurtured her guitar and piano skills. She has worked extensively with adults, teens, and children in music therapy, recreational, and other settings.  Avalon lives in Port Credit, but is the music therapist for the Halton Region Long-Term Care Facilities. She also enjoys facilitating Sing It Girls! with Beyond the Studio.

Jessie-Ann Bradshaw, B.M., A.R.C.T.

Jessie-Ann has been teaching music since age 15.  She holds a Bachelor`s Degree, and Associateship degrees in both Piano and Singing from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto.  She is comfortable teaching ages four to adult, and has extensive experience tutoring voice, piano and musical rudiments and harmony.  Jessie-Ann is a church pianist, organist and choir director, and has also performed as an accompanist and solo piano performer. She has served as chorister and soloist The John Laing Singers, has joined the Boris Brott Festival choir, and is currently involved in a new group of Renaissance and early Baroque singers called Villanella. Jessie-Ann continues to pursue her vocal training, with the goal of additional solo performance.